Advisory issued asking people to wear ‘homemade masks’: Health Ministry

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New Delhi (NVI): As India is witnessing a spike in the coronavirus cases, an advisory on homemade protective covers and face mask was issued today by the Ministry of Health and Family Affairs.

In the advisory, the government recommends that healthy people can wear homemade face masks, especially outside their homes, for better personal hygiene.

This will also protect the communities during the coronavirus pandemic. Certain countries have claimed benefits of homemade face cover for the general public.

Homemade face masks are recommended for such people  who are not suffering from medical conditions or having breathing difficulties may use the handmade reusable face cover, particularly when they step out of their house.

These masks and face covers are not recommended for Covid-19 patients or those involved in their care including healthcare workers and medical professionals.

The government also advises making two sets of these covers and masks so that while one is in use, the other can be washed.

In the manual, few steps have been laid down to make such homemade face covers and masks at home using cleam strips of cloth and a sewing machine.

In order to make a temporary face cover, the manual also shows ways to use a handkerchief and a couple of elastic bands for making a face mask.